How to help your pup keep calm and carry on this Fourth of July

Jun 30, 2017
Firework pharmacopeia for our furry friends.
A dog wearing an American flag.
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Behemoth office supply company on offer for bargain basement price

Jun 29, 2017
You’ve seen the headlines: the death of retail, the retailpocalypse, the end of the shopping mall as you know it. Well, add another line to that narrative: Staples, the office supply store, has agreed to sell itself off for nearly $7 billion. Sales and profits at Staples have been dropping steadily for four years. So […]

How towns are hurt when malls run into trouble

Jun 21, 2017
With about one in four U.S. malls estimated to shut down during the next five years, municipalities have a tax problem.
A recent Credit Suisse report estimates that about 1 in 4 U.S. malls will shut down in the next five years. Above, people walk through a nearly empty shopping mall in Waterbury, Connecticut.
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Sears’ continuing struggles have its suppliers jittery

May 25, 2017
The struggle is real for Sears Holdings — the company behind Sears and Kmart. The once-powerful brand warned investors back in March that there was “substantial doubt” about its future. This week, Sears announced it’s pushed back a deadline on a $500 million loan by six months. That’s got Sears vendors even more anxious about […]

It’s back to basics for Target stores

May 16, 2017
Target reports its earnings Wednesday. After months of slumping sales and profits, the retailer is getting back to retailing basics: Renovating stores and pricing grocery items more competitively. That strategy means the Minneapolis-based retailer is abandoning some of the more futuristic innovations it was experimenting with. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

Store-branded cards are a life raft for sinking retail

May 12, 2017
Department stores, those vestiges of the past, just can’t catch a break these days. Yesterday, shares of both Macy’s and Kohl’s plummeted as investors grow more pessimistic about brick-and-mortar retail in an e-commerce world. There is one silver lining: Business from store-branded credit cards is up, but it likely won’t be enough to reverse the […]

Plus-size women lose fast fashion option with Lovesick closure

May 3, 2017
Originally launched by Torrid, the brand targeted young plus-size women and teens.
The West Covina location for Torrid’s sister store, Lovesick, with closing signs in the window.
Chris Greenspon

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